A Host and Prospie Reunited

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Nell’s and Sarah’s reunion was very reminiscent of the four Hobbits reuniting in Rivendell (via photobucket.com)

Last fall, Sarah Jensen ’18 decided to sign up to host prospective students.  One of these prospies, Nell Conover ’19, ended up coming to Kenyon.  They’ve ended up as friends, so I decided to reach out to them and ask a few questions about the time they’ve spent together last year and now this year as peers.  We sat in the library atrium and chatted for a while. Continue reading

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10 o’clock list: Things I Missed While Abroad (But Not Really)

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It’s the first week of Spring semester, and that means one thing: an influx of Juniors back on the Hill. Returning to Kenyon for the first time in months means that Juniors who studied off-campus must become reacquainted with everything they missed while they were gone. And it’s a wonderful time to reflect on the little things that make Kenyon special.

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I’m Confused, Peirce.

Is this one for eating? By me? Can I eat it?

Is this one for eating? By me? Can I eat it?

Because of local foods week, lavish displays of beautiful, locally-grown produce have been decorating Peirce since Monday. Yesterday it was buckets and buckets of beautiful peppers, tomatoes and corn maybe. Today, apples upon apples. (Also, there was some kind of fancy lunch where really pretty desserts were served.) In light of all this, I must ask: are any of these things for the taking? Can I eat them maybe? With my mouth? Or take them home and eat them later also with my mouth? What is for me? Here are some examples of things I want to take:

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10 o’clock list: Reasons Not to Look Ahead, Re: Finals

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We are done with school in three weeks. Have you puked yet? Out of stress, I mean? Where are you going to live? What’s the plan? Here are some reason not to look ahead re: finals.

1Your days of unabashed inebriation are probably coming to a close, either for the summer, or for adult times. “Blah blah blah be an adult, blah blah blah, Maureen, Gramma doesn’t like when you’re blackout.” OKAY, I GET IT.

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10 o’clock list: Top 5 Things I Learned in 2013

Like every year (and every week), 2013 had its ups and downs. There were new cities, new faces, new heartaches, and new friends. Some of it was good and some of it was bad. It’s like what that one famous writer wrote: “Good things are good and bad things are bad.”  I like to think that being exposed to this random mixture of good and bad things from the past year has made me a wiser, stronger, person. So in tonight’s list, I’d like to force you all listen to my discoveries of 2013. Or not. The choice is yours.

  1. Astrology is cool.  And real! Like it’s an actually thing and some Kenyon celebs know a lot about it. Scary a lot. I really have to say that it was nice to know that every human had a terrible October once I learned that Mercury was in retrograde. And if Susan Miller is right (I’m sure she is), then 2014 is going to be glorious.  Continue reading

The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did

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Middle-school kids often get bored and do dumb stuff in the summertime. Shocker, I know, but some kids take their boredom to more extreme ends than others. Case-in-point: me and my childhood friends. Almost none of what we did during the summer could be construed as safe, whether it was ultimate fighting in a basement (we had just seen Never Back Down), or throwing dry ice at each other. (Looking back, basically all we did was try to push the limits of how much we could hurt each other without our parents knowing.)

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